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mvjim
08-06-2004, 12:38 PM
I have been asked to sit in on an interview on WNYC Radio next wed. to speak on the "demise" of traditional photography. I believe they expect me to play the devils advocate. Also on the show will be Clifford Ross who recently displayed, what is being called, the highest resolution photograph ever taken. A cross breed of film and digital. The show will air from 12 noon to 1:00 PM.

noseoil
08-06-2004, 12:51 PM
You might take the opportunity to mention the huge resurgence in large format photography and film, paper, developers, etc. which are related (it sounds like a promo for digital to me). Make sure to mention that Ilford had the best year in film sales last year of any in the past decade. Little things like that will help.

Les McLean
08-06-2004, 12:55 PM
If you've done this before you'll know that the interviewer may hit you with loaded questions, especially if it's live. If you haven't done this try to arrange the questions in advance with them. I've been trapped into having to face ridiculous questions, live on both national radio and TV in the UK, because I didn't have sight of the questions and believed the interviewer when he said nothing contentious. The risk is that you come out of it all looking like an absolute idiot.

Best wishes for the interview.

Tom Duffy
08-06-2004, 02:17 PM
Be sure to wear your "Death before Digital" t-shirt so they know you're a reasonable person...:)

I'm not sure that you've asked anyone's advice, but we all seem to want to give it to you, anyway. The host of the show wants an interesting show, not necessarily the same as reasoned discourse. I'm sure you have certain points you would like to make with some facts, perhaps from your lab business to back them up. Make sure your points get aired. Watching politicians answer questions from the press would be beneficial. Make sure you stay on your message by answering the questions they should have asked, even if your answer doesn't quite tie to the question.
I wish I could listen to the show but I'll be in Michagan next week at my in-laws. I wish you the best. Please let us know how it went.
Take care,
Tom

Jorge
08-06-2004, 02:44 PM
Be sure to wear your "Death before Digital" t-shirt so they know you're a reasonable person...:)

I'm not sure that you've asked anyone's advice, but we all seem to want to give it to you, anyway. The host of the show wants an interesting show, not necessarily the same as reasoned discourse. I'm sure you have certain points you would like to make with some facts, perhaps from your lab business to back them up. Make sure your points get aired. Watching politicians answer questions from the press would be beneficial. Make sure you stay on your message by answering the questions they should have asked, even if your answer doesn't quite tie to the question.
I wish I could listen to the show but I'll be in Michagan next week at my in-laws. I wish you the best. Please let us know how it went.
Take care,
Tom

You can listen to it on the internet, is how I am going to do it. I got me the radio station from the multimedia tab. Good luck Jim, you will have a strident antidigital (as I been called here) rooting for you.

roy
08-06-2004, 02:55 PM
Watching politicians answer questions from the press would be beneficial. Make sure you stay on your message by answering the questions they should have asked, even if your answer doesn't quite tie to the question.
Tom

One of the things I notice when these politicians get on the air is that the question is secondary and is probably never answered. What you do hear however, is what they want to tell you !

David A. Goldfarb
08-06-2004, 03:02 PM
Is noon to 1:00 Leonard Lopate? He's a fairly intelligent interviewer (and I think he studied painting, so he's well versed in the visual arts), so I would actually expect reasoned discourse, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were leading questions, which are just part of the game.

Good luck, and I'll try to listen, if I'm close to a radio.

Aggie
08-06-2004, 03:08 PM
Do like the politicians do, ignore the real question and answer what you want. You start by saying, "That is a good question and I'm sure that my fellow artist......." Then you take off on what you want to say in your own way.

clogz
08-06-2004, 04:22 PM
Would it be possible to post (part of ) the interview to this forum?

Jorge
08-07-2004, 01:52 AM
I have been asked to sit in on an interview on WNYC Radio next wed. to speak on the "demise" of traditional photography. I believe they expect me to play the devils advocate. Also on the show will be Clifford Ross who recently displayed, what is being called, the highest resolution photograph ever taken. A cross breed of film and digital. The show will air from 12 noon to 1:00 PM.

Ah men! I thought the name C. Ross sounded familiar.....In an unrelated thread about Lyson inks in the LF forum, someone had a link to the "highest resolution camera", out of curiosity I clicked on it and it turns out this is the same guy who a few months back made a "splash" in the news because of his converted aerial camera to take 9x18 film. As I understand it, he did not make the highest resolution photograph, he simply scanned a large negative with high resolution, resulting on a 2.xx gigabyte file. Big deal! If this even comes up, please tell him there are plenty of us ULF photographers who will be glad to lend him 12x20, 16x20 and 20x24 negatives that will produce files far bigger than 2.xx gigs scanned at the same resolution as his negative.

Typical digihead disinformation. Far from being insulted by being called a "strident" antidigital person, I am proud of being one, at least I don't have to lie to people when I explain how I do my prints. What a bunch of BS!

jovo
08-07-2004, 07:13 AM
I believe they expect me to play the devils advocate. .

You're on the side of the angels, not the other way round! :-)

We're in Florida this week visiting family which is great but I'm a week too late to see the NE Florida Large Format show in Gainesville, and away from NYC to hear the interview. RATS!!! Finding it on the internet sounds like a great idea to try! Best wishes.

David A. Goldfarb
08-07-2004, 09:11 AM
If you are too far away to hear it on analog radio, you should be able to get it in streaming audio from www.wnyc.com at the time of the broadcast, and I suspect it will be archived at:

http://www.wnyc.com/shows/lopate/archive.html

david b
08-07-2004, 01:29 PM
I just noticed in the Santa Fe arts paper "THE", that Clifford Ross has a show at the EVO Gallery from 8/10 to 8/31. I guess I should go see it.

Jorge
08-07-2004, 01:42 PM
I just noticed in the Santa Fe arts paper "THE", that Clifford Ross has a show at the EVO Gallery from 8/10 to 8/31. I guess I should go see it.

Go see it and let us know what you think. Let me make a prediction you will see huge prints.

papagene
08-07-2004, 02:58 PM
This is my own personal bias, but I am not a big fan of HUGE prints. To me, one of the most important strengths of photography is the inherent nature of its intimate relationship with the viewer. This was (still is) one of photography's first recognizable features over painting. Holding that small photo with such stark reality in one's hands.
There is this built in one-on-one interchange between the viewer and photograph.
Photos on walls, on tables, in books, in albums, we have such a close relationship with them. Huge prints force the viewer back away from this personal distance, allowing others to interfere with the viewer/photo interchange.
Huge prints are also photography's attempt at trying to compete with its Big Brother, Painting. The pictorialists used all sorts of tricks to look like paintings. Now the Post Moderns use size to compete.
I'd rather hold a print in my hands and enjoy its features close up than to have to back up 15 feet to view it.
Just a Saturday, between loads of laundry rant. YOMV
gene

jd callow
08-07-2004, 03:08 PM
Not that this is relevant to the thread...
I think some prints, usually based upon subject, are better one size than another. Huge macro's are one. Sometimes the picture takes on multiple viewing experiences when very large. A huge print viewed from an appropriate distance can be something else entirely when viewed close-up. On the other hand a wall covered with properly framed and matted 4x5, 5x7, 8x10's etc Can be a wonderfully intimate viewing experience.

papagene
08-07-2004, 05:50 PM
I am not against all Huge prints. I agree that subject matter can play an important role in print size.
I remember helping set up an exhibit of a local photographer who went to Tibet and photographed the places there with an 8x10. His prints were about 40x50" and outright gorgeous! You could view them from a distance or walk right up close to them. The detail he had in those huge prints was remarkable and invited you to walk right up to inspect them. They never lost there sense of intimacy with the viewer.
gene

Andy K
08-07-2004, 06:25 PM
I'll be listening in via the net too.

One salient point of the analog versus digital debate that always seems to be glossed over and may well be worthy of mention during the debate/discussion -

For a digital camera to even come remotely close to matching the photography obtainable with say, a sub $100 SLR, you would first have to spend several thousand dollars on a high end 12 mega-pixel-plus Digital SLR the size of a bus. Even more hundreds of dollars on large capacity memory cards, another $1000 to $2000 or so on a computer and software to edit your images with, and several hundred more $ on a respectable quality printer and paper.

All that to achieve what we can achieve with a $90 SLR a $4 roll of film, $200 worth of basic darkroom gear and $20 worth of chemicals and paper.

Just my 2 penn'orth.

jovo
08-08-2004, 08:23 AM
I don't know that mvjim needs coaching, but, as has been mentioned here before, Bruce Barnbaum's essay on analog AND digital seems to cover a lot of issues that are indisputable and worthwhile-to-mention differences, i.e. the multitude of storage systems and the requirement to continually renew and upgrade the systems you are using. I doubt that a better-than-worse-than debate will have a lot of traction, but...I look forward to hearing the exchange.

argentic
08-11-2004, 01:16 PM
I LOVE DIGITAL !

I was just able to listen to your interview at WNYC by digital internet broadcasting. So, I just love digital techniques. Specially when they are at the service of analog photography ;-).

By the way, I recorded the interview in mp3 if anybody is interested.

Gilbert